Banting Vs Pasta
Pasta vs low carb diets – this is an impossible topic to avoid. We all know at least one person who follows the ‘Banting’ diet, perhaps you do yourself.
People have always longed for the perfect figure, and it seems to be more of an issue now that we have so much convenience food available, with more sedentary lifestyles causing the ‘obesity epidemic’.
Diets through the years
Many faddy diets have come and gone, from the crazier ones such as the Cabbage Soup Diet, or the Grapefruit Diet back in the 50’s to the more scientific-sounding macrobiotic diet in the 60’s. Then in the 70’s, we saw the Beverly Hills diet and the Sleeping Beauty Diet (you were heavily sedated so you didn’t need to eat much!) It’s hardly surprising these ‘fads’ came and went so quickly – if you tried them you soon suffered the not too pleasant consequences!
Introduction of low carb diets
In 1994 came the Atkins diet which was high fat low carb – this was very popular for a while but did get some bad press. It lost momentum and we saw other fads come and go – however, Banting which is similar to Atkins, is very popular right now.
We are certainly not going to argue against this, as it does work for some people. We don’t claim to be scientists, however, we are firm believers in a healthy balanced diet.
Pasta was given a bad rap with the low-carbohydrate diet explosion. ALL carbs were lumped into one category which is perhaps a bit unfair. You can’t really compare refined sugar to a plate of pasta and healthy vegetables. There are many different types of pasta, but generally, one cup contains 220 calories, 1 gram of fat and no cholesterol. You can also opt for whole-wheat pasta which is even better.
Do we need carbs in our diet?
Despite the demonisation of carbohydrates, we DO need some in our diets. It’s a great source of energy and most medical nutritionists will still advise you of this.
They key is to make it part of a varied diet. As with anything, too much of it isn’t good. If you eat huge portions of anything regularly you will put on weight.
If you eat pasta (or anything else for that matter ) with heavy creamy sauces, no variety and you never get up off the couch, you will not be healthy!
The Italians are well known for their health and longevity. Many cultures take great pleasure in eating and it plays a huge part in family and social life. The key is fresh, lots of variety and not overeating.
Live to eat, not eat to live
Portion control is also a factor. Most people visiting America are shocked at the size of the portions – everything is HUGE – including most Americans too! On the flip-side, if you go to France and order a juice, you might feel disappointed at the small size that appears – but actually, this is normal. We have just gotten used to over-sized portions.
Diet fads aside, I’m sure most people are aware that highly processed foods full of sugar and additives are very bad for your health. At Pasta Factory, we pride ourselves in making to order as fresh as possible with quality ingredients. This means the flavor isn’t lost and the overall experience is one of good wholesome and healthy food.